Recommended Readingreports on the Linux Foundation's third annual desktop Linux survey, which runs until the end of November. "For starters, almost 20,000 self-selected users filled out this year's survey compared to fewer than 10,000 in 2006's survey. The survey, which drew primarily from European users (51.5 percent) followed by North Americans (35.8 percent), found that the vast majority of Linux desktops (68.4 percent) are deployed in SOHOs (small office / home office) and small business settings having one to a hundred PCs running Linux. Medium-sized businesses with user bases of 101 to 500 (9.7 percent) and 1,001 to 5,000 (6.2 percent) Linux desktops came next." takes a look at yet another Microsoft security article that compares the security of Windows to that of Linux and other free software. "Boiled down, Microsoft is effectively saying, 'Trust us to help you be secure' and open source responds, 'Trust us, but also trust yourself.' Open source doesn't force its adopters to give up security to the hands of a vendor, though there are certainly open-source vendors who are happy to enhance security and stand behind it for a fee."
Trade Shows and Conferencescovers Akademy-es 2007. "This past weekend, November 16th through the 18th, Zaragoza Spain was the home of Akademy-es 2007. The conference began early Saturday morning and finished Monday with a Hackathon. Akademy-es 2007, hosted by Hispalinux, Wireless Zaragoza, and the Zaragoza council, was a conference specifically for KDE developers and users from around Spain." a report from the Realtime Linux Workshop recently held in Linz, Austria. There's pictures and most of the accepted papers.
The SCO Problemreports that SCO's bankruptcy court has given the green light for the Novell case to go forward, contrary to SCO's wishes. "As Novell has pointed out in its papers, the Debtors simply cannot file a confirmable plan of reorganization until they know what liability they have to Novell. The resolution of the issues remaining in the District Court litigation will assist the Debtors, not burden them." The bankruptcy court reserves the right to decide whether Novell will be able to get any damages from SCO put into a trust, though.
Linux Adoptionusing Linux to run a business. Using information from companies who have switched from Windows to Linux, his answer is mostly affirmative. "He reported they had solved authentication issues using LDAP with replication to all servers and using Samba 3.0.24. This, he said, had slick integration with XP clients and Windows 2003 servers in both directions. Additionally, his company enhanced their mail platform by using 'Postfix for the MTA with amavis and spamassassin.' This, he advised, took a little tuning to stop spamassassin giving false positives but was do-able."
Interviewsinterviews Andy Rubin from Google's Android mobile phone software platform. "Q: Why don't you join an existing Linux phone effort, such as the LiMo Foundation, or the Lips (Linux Phone Standards) Forum? A: One of the key differences in the Open Handset Alliance with some of the existing consortiums is that we're actually building a product. Every member of the alliance has contributed something to the effort, and it's very product-focused." interview with Linus Torvalds covering a variety of topics: Linux development vs. proprietary software, what he foresees being added in 2008, and a brief response about patent threats. "This is actually the biggest strength of Linux. When you buy an OS from Microsoft, not only you can't fix it, but it has had years of being skewed by one single entity's sense of the market. It doesn't matter how competent Microsoft -- or any individual company -- is, it's going to reflect that fact."
Reviewsreviews the Firefox 3 beta. "In fact the Location bar isn't just a window to display the URL anymore -- it's also a full-text-search bar for finding bookmarks or pages stored in your browsing history. Rather than just searching for page titles and URLs, the way Firefox 2 does, the new version looks for keywords within the page text itself. That makes it much easier to find what you're looking for, even when you don't know where you saw it." takes a look at some audio editors. "If you're not familiar with the area of Linux audio editors, you might be totally amazed at just how many there are. Clearly, writing these has scratched more than a few itches and more than one has earned grades as a class project. It's not too hard to figure out why the area has been popular. For one thing, mangling sounds is fun, and for another, there is endless scope for playing with DSP algorithms. You can do that these days without writing a whole editor, but we'll get to that in a moment."
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